PESA Conference 2019

49th Annual Conference
Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West

7-11 Dec 2019, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Conference Cancellation Notice
The 2019 Annual Conference which was to be held in Hong Kong next month is now cancelled. As safety is of the most importance, we can no longer deem the location reasonably safe and secure in the coming month.

In the last few weeks political turmoil has escalated in Hong Kong. For the first time, there have been protest events on campus resulting in property damages, travel disruptions, and blocked entrances to and from campus. Although students and staff have stayed safe, the situation is no longer well controlled. Meanwhile unrest has become more unpredictable across more parts of the region.

Information about registration refunds and Annual General Meeting rescheduling will be sent in due course.


The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia invites you to its 2019 conference:

Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. (Confucius)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)

For this conference, we welcome you to the University of Hong Kong, where the historic legacies and contemporary trends of eastern and western (and northern and southern) cultures and societies vividly converge, diverge, and intersect in daily life. This conference will focus on mixings, minglings, and clashes as seen in educational philosophy and theory, in Hong Kong, the Asia Pacific, and around the world.

The conference organising committee welcomes research exploring diversity in inquiry, argument, and theory, within and across traditions, emphasising the following themes:

  • Truth and Harmony
  • Individual Rights and Social Responsibility
  • Analytical and Holistic Thinking
  • Wisdom and Knowledge
  • Contemplation and Action
  • Reason and Reality
  • Transformation and Ideology
  • Self and Others
  • Freedom and Community

The conference will also address the significance for philosophy of education of embracing comparative, transcultural, and intercultural approaches. Explorations emphasising global, international, and cosmopolitan possibilities are also welcome. A special issue of Educational Philosophy & Theory and a monograph will be developed from select texts and presentations from the conference proceedings.



Keynote Speakers:

Shi Zhongying Professor Shi Zhongying,
Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China
Nuraan  Davids Professor Nuraan Davids,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tina Besley Professor Tina Besley,
Beijing Normal University, People’s Republic of China


Conference Organisers:

  • Liz Jackson, University of Hong Kong
  • Tina Besley, Beijing Normal University
  • Michael A. Peters, Beijing Normal University
  • Janet Orchard, University of Bristol
  • Cheuk-Hang Leung, Chinese University of Hong Kong




The organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors

springer logo



The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong





Interested in becoming a PESA Member?
Find information about PESA membership here.
Don't have an account yet? Register Now!

Sign in to your account